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Your communities face big, messy challenges for which there aren’t ready-made solutions. Agents for Change is a one-year leadership development program for a cohort of early career Extension agents. In your cohort, you will learn how to use the process of adaptive leadership to address these adaptive challenges and how to identify, leverage, and increase your informal and formal power to bring about change. Further, we will apply the eight tenets of transformative leadership to ensure that the change we bring about increases equity and access.

Speaking of adaptive challenges, the pandemic necessitated that the 2021 cohort be conducted online. Each month will has had a synchronous Zoom session and activities for participants to apply at work. One-on-one and small group sessions are available as Extension Professionals work through the activities.

Each Agent for Change will be able to apply this work to existing challenges in their community or program. Our goal is for each of professional to complete the first year having worked intentionally to begin to build a solution to an adaptive challenge. This should support their work, not add to it.

Our first cohort is wrapping up their first year of the program. Adaptive and transformative change takes time so the Extension Professionals have been invited to participate in second year of the program as they launch their projects in their counties.

Stay tuned for information about applying to join the 2023 cohort that will include professionals from multiple states.